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through economic growth, if you grew at 4% a year, reagan levels, instead of 2%, french levels or obama levels, you would net $5 trillion in additional revenue to the government, you could pay down all of obama's additional debt by higher levels of growth, not raising taxes. so there's a lot of money to be gotten from growth. how they do this, we have to see it written down, but because the obama administration and spokesmen have been so emphatic about all taxes and no spending restraint, all taxes and actually spend -- another stimulus, another solyndra stimulus program -- >> i don't think they've mentioned solyndra, grover, but i'm sure they appreciate your mentioning of it. >> they didn't? the whole idea of additional spending rather than spending restrictions -- they could save money by not continuing world war ii as well. so the obama administration is so far out there, that what the republicans are doing is pointing out how reasonable they are, taking bowles' idea, i see he's playing democrat partisan today -- >> part of that is actually putting revenue on the table which speaker
for the country. >> now even though boehner did not achieve the floor vote, he argues that obama and senate democrats should make the next move, but that won't be easy as speaker boehner admitted today. >> there's a perception created that that vote last night was going to increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization of the bill, but that impression was out there, and we had a number of our members who just didn't really want to be perceived as having to raise taxes. that was the real issue. >> translation? i failed. majority leader eric cantor, who is also a proteshl rooil to boehner is staying united on this one. he released a statement basically releasing the house for christmas. the house has concluded legislative work. no deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and its inducing spending cuts. check. no deal to avoid tax hikes on 100% of americans. check. the republican mutany was successful, but the cost could ultimately sink the economy. joining us now from the capitol is nbc's luke russert. how are you doing? >> ari, how are you, sir? good to see you in the chair. >> nice to see
. christmas break is already over for president obama. he's flying back to washington tonight and aides say he's ready for a deal. it's not clear whether this trip is a sign of compromises to come or another display of theater showing the president is willing to work even as his opponents skip town. meanwhile, though, americans are growing skeptical. in the last week alone, gallup found a 15-point drop in the number of americans who think congress will negotiate a deal on the fiscal cliff. that's not all, holiday spending also hit its lowest rate since the 2008 recession, which retailers are blaming on the uncertainty in washington. so where do we go from here? well, since the house failed to get a vote on the tax package last week, all eyes are on the senate. a temporary deal that would basically extend all the tax cuts for those making under a quarter million. the deal would also rescue long-term unemployment benefits and instead of addressing those automatic spending cuts we've all heard about that are set for january 1st, this temporary deal would delay them for another six months. few are
. with me today, ben stein. steve cornaki is joining us, as well. president obama returned to washington moments ago, cutting short his christmas vacation. the president has now spoken with all four congressional leaders, according to the white house communications director he. the house remains on vacation, but there are a few signs of life in the capital. gop leaders have released a new statement with an old message to the senate. the ball is in your court. the statement says the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass, but the senate first must act. well, this morning, senate majority leader reid slammed the house republicans not not even showing up. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we are headed, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they will give them 48 hours inside. i can't imagine their conscious. >> well, senator reid is expected to hold a news conference about the talks this afternoon. so here is where we stand. reid wants to ge
on the fiscal cliff. from president obama or speaker boehner. the two have not spoken since monday. instead this evening republicans will be voting on boehner's plan b, which they have attached as an amendment to a law rejecting trade with burma. that original bill was passed in response to a hard line ber meez government with a history of entransigence. the burm ease has nothing to do -- in an amendment to make ate a hard line party with a history of intransigence. >> the house will pass ledges lakes to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. >> even if boehner scrapes together enough votes to pass plan b, senate democrats and the president have vowed to block it, so the whole endeavor is yet another act of outrageous and generally useless political theater. as if that wasn't enough, late last night majority leader eric cantor introduced a second bill, a sweetener of sorts for plan b. one that would replace the automatic defense cuts scheduled for january 1st, and instead make additional cuts to programs including food stamps, meals on wheels, an
president obama has a clear message for speaker of the house john boehner. >> terrified of what you might say. your move, chief. >> the a.p. headline reads white house to gop, it's your move. it is a point treasure secretary timothy geithner made clear over and over and over again. >> we've laid out a very detailed plan of spending cuts, $600 billion in spending in mandatory programs over ten years. if they would like to go beyond that or do it differently they need to tell us what they propose and then tell us what makes sense to them. but what we can't do is try to figure out what makes sense for them. tell us what they like as a complement to that. we can't react to anything until we see doots he tails of a proposal. we can't figure out what they need. they have to tell us. >> house speaker john boehner isn't playing ball claiming the white house proposal is a joke. >> it's flabbergasted. you can't be serious. i've never seen anything like it. >> boehner insists that talks have broken down. >> right now i would say we're nowhere. period. we're nowhere. we've put a serious offer o
obama seemed resigned to going over the cliff. >> if all else fails, if republicans do, in fact, decide to block it so that taxes on middle class families do, in fact, go up on january 1st, then on january 4th the first bill to be introduced on the floor will be to cut taxes on middle class families. >> and this morning former white house spokesman robert gibbs was even more blunt. >> the republicans simply can't utter the word yes. they cannot utter the word yes. i mean, i feel like it's -- i feel like you're talking to a 5-year-old, and, you know, you're saying, look, you have to eat your vegetables. the 5-year-old says, ah, you know, maybe. i will eat half of them, and you say will you eat a quarter of them? i will eat a quarter of them. >> out of control 5-year-old. still, the senate is back at it today trying to resolve the impasse. while the two sides seem to be nearing an accord on taxes, they continue to battle over republican attempts to make social security cost of living cuts or chain cpi. it led to this bit of sarcasm from harry reid. >> i was really grat tied to hear of the
to avoid the fiscal cliff over republicans. the same poll gave president obama his highest approval rating in three years, with 53% support. in the next hour and a half, president obama will continue the great reasonableness tour of 2012. visiting a middle class family in northern virginia with the aim of putting more pressure on congress to extend middle income tax cuts. majority leader harry reid did his part for the cause on the senate floor today. >> so it's apparent how this will end. the only question is, when will it end? it's how long will speaker boehner make middle class families wait for relief and how long will he force the financial markets to wait for uncertainty. >> joining the panel now, the sage of capitol hill, the seasonally elegant luke russert. >> thank you so much for having me. >> you get a special intro when you arrive on set a little late. thrilled to have you here, with ongoing deliberation on capitol hill, you are the eyes. >> eyes and ears hopefully. yet i'm here, congress is recessed this week. >> always a reason, my friend. the fact that tim geithner came out
play out in the early part of 2013, what does it mean, the obama administration, the priorities they would like to see, it looks like the debt limit right now is very much this political football same as it was in 2011. >> thank you. i want to quickly bring in the panel because what you are saying brings me to a point that's been kind of bothering me about this whole discussion. republicans keep saying that what the democrats -- what the president sht bringing to the table are enough cuts, but they never seem to want to specify what those are. daniel had a piece in the "wall street journal" where he was talking about he wanted the republicans to be -- if we could put up that full screen. he said "republicans lost the election, but does that mean republicans have to help barack obama dismantle their party by letting its most basic conservative principles disappear into the beltway smoke and mirrors? why is it not possible for boehner or anyone else in this party to articulate for the dumbstruck public watching these dreadful cliff negotiations what the republican party stands for
the norm from now on. seems president obama does not want to play that game as he said. walking away from the press conference today withes the gop leadership on capitol hill, a x alex, they're still engaging in the trench warfare. i asked speaker boehner about the $250,000 bush tax cuts, all the polling shows the country will think republicans are to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff, six out of ten voters in november said the tax rates should go up, how much longer can he afford to politically keep this pledge and he said look, you heard it there, the rates when we close the revenues, loopholes will go up on the rich people. that still is the mindset. what's interesting, is talking to republicans leaving the house conference gop conference this morning, there is a lot of support for speaker boehner. there aren't cracks like there were during the debt limit where he had a faction that was lining up against him wholeheartedly. even after yesterday we heard all the stuff of fallout from the conservative right against his position, that conference this morning was pretty supportive of s
the notorious michael steele. in a few minutes president obama will land in michigan where he will begin touring and delivering a speemp at an engine manufacturing plant. it is the next stop on the great reasonableness tour of 2012 calling for tax hikes on the rich and meeting with working class, ordinary americans rather than beltway politicians. behind closed doors the occasionally unreasonable fiscal negotiations continue. the president met with house speaker john boehner at the white house on sunday, though aides from both sides kept mum on the details of their discussions. a new poll by politico and george washington university shows that three in five americans back raising taxes on the wealthy, which echos the results from election day and a washington post-abc news poll released recently. in the meantime, some on the right seem to have come to terms with the inevitable, including former republican senator alan simps simpson. >> if anybody out there that is "rich" doesn't think their taxes are going up, the drink is on me. >> even with reality from some in his own corner, john boehner is
. . >>> casper, deep blue, bird, jordan, mcenroe, coners, boehner, obama. it is friday, december 7th, this is "now." >> joining me today, chief economic correspondent for politico ben white, editor at large for salon.com, joe walsh, queen bee and editing manager of the grio.com, and buzz fooeds.com ben smith. the labor department delivered a december surprise, which might just alter the debate over the fiscal cliff. despite predictions of stalled job creation in november in superstorm sandy and looming fiscal cliff, the nation added 146,000 jobs last month, and unemployment ticked down to 7.7%. while november's figures are higher than expected, september and october were revised down 16 and 33,000 jobs respectively. chief economists for moody's analytics mark zandi cautions november may see a downward revision but the numbers are a good sign. >> bottom line, feels like the job market is holding firm in the face of sandy and fiscal cliff concerns, so that's good news. >> surprising exactly no one, the white house and republicans had different spin on the numbers. >> if congress does a
america anchor and former traveling press secretary for the obama campaign jen socky. this is the speed of the fiscal cliff negotiations. blink and you just might miss exactly nothing. while talks between speaker boehner and president obama over the past three days have been shrouded in secrecy, we've learned there have been two offers put on the table. the white house sent boehner a proposal on monday calling for $1.4 trillion in tax revenue, $200 billion less than the original offer. might that seal the deal? >> the president's called for $1.4 trillion worth of revenue. that cannot pass the house or the senate. >> okay then. the speaker's office responded with a deal of its own. yesterday it included precisely the same amount of revenue from the original proposal, $800 billion, which indicates there may have been concessions else where. a democratic source close to the white house tells nbc news the proposal included a permanent extension of the bush tax cuts. that is highly unlikely to fly, given the hard line the president has taken on tax rates and what he told barbara walters in a
we are at. if you look at spending cuts first, barack obama has basically moved about $325 billion on spending and speaker boehner, according to the last real public offer, has moved about $350 billion. i think it is fair to say had both moved relatively equally. but if you turned to tax increases, obama has already moved from, again the last public real offer $355 billion while boehner's moved only $150 billion. less than half. and then finally, and i want to go to you to unpack this. the stimulus money. this is not to be forgotten. we are in a recession. and many economists say that whatever else you do with long-term entitlement reform which is real, another real thing is growing the economy. obama has moved $250 billion. the number that boehner has moved on that stimulus is zero from the last final comprehensive offer. what do you make of that pacting that we are not mere the 50-yard line anymore? >> we also add that not only has boehner month moved, he can't get his own caucus to vote on the plan he brought forward. we are not only talking about symbolic gestures here, we are
officials yesterday, president obama directed them to take a hard look at proposals to combat gun violence, and over on capitol hill senate majority leader harry reid joined with two other pro-gun rights democrats to suggest that new gun laws should be on the table. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. in the coming days and weeks we'll engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate on how to change laws and culture and allow this violence to continue to grow. >> an nra rating of an a, but, you know, enough is enough. my -- i've got -- i'm father of three daughters, and this weekend they all said, dad, you know, how can this go on? and i, like i think most of us, realized that there are ways to get to rationale gun control. >> many republicans, however, remain further away from reform. some are even pushing for more guns. at a tea party event yesterday governor rick perry reportedly said that teachers should carry consealed weapons in school while fellow texan and congressman louie gomert suggested this. >> chris, i wish to god sh
>>> president obama is signaling he's serious about reforming the nation's gun laws, is congress? it's wednesday, december 19th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, radio host of studio 360 and author of "true believers," kurt andersen. washington bureau chief for "the huffington post," ryan grim, and eric bates. you are looking live at the white house where president obama is scheduled to speak any minute now for the third time since friday's massacre at sandy hook elementary school. he's scheduled to announce vice president joe biden will lead a task force to combat gun violence. obama's announcement will come against the back drop of four funerals and three wakes to be held today for victims of the shooting. the nra announced it will hold a news conference on friday. it's unclear what the group will say or what it will do, but a statement said in part, "the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." in recent days, the gun industry has faced pressures. gun makers have seen their stock prices fall and yesterday a major eq
-wing paranoia narrative about, you know, they're going to take your guns, obama is going to take your guns. we can't sign this u.n. treaty and all that paranoia. what about gun safety? we're talking about human behavior. we're talking about human behavior if somebody is mentally unstable, they shouldn't have a gun. we're talking about the reality of human behavior that if you have a magazine clip that can fire off 30 rounds, you're probably not using that to go hunt deer. >> joe scarborough of this network, i think, reframed the debate. he is a long-time nra supporter and nra supported, but i think it's important to think about the gun issue. not individual rights pitted against government control, but it's a matter of public safety. >> yeah. >> we've seen this idea that we're going to take back all the weapons. this country is saturated with -- we've seen -- 310 million guns. thank you, alex. we've seen with auto safety, for example, that you can diminish the fatalities by one-third, with tobacco. i think public safety becomes a critical framework. >> you know, take it away. from your perspec
that may end up being the inflexion point for measurable change. president obama suggested as much last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end and to end them we must change. >> it's monday, december 17th. joining me today msnbc contributor and editor of the grio.com joy reid, former pennsylvania governor ed rendell, deputy new york city mayor howard wolfson and editor of the "new york times" magazine edward lindgren. jansing and company's chris jansing joins us now. you have been on the road a lot this year to some very terrible places in the wake of some very serious american tragedies, but this one, if i dare say it, seems a little bit different. give us your sense of your take on the move -- as far as the mood on the ground and how the community is reacting m days since the tragedy. >> alex, it would be difficult to even begin to try to express the depth and the breadth of the pain that this community is feeling and will feel all weeklong. the first of a series of funerals is getting underway right now. i'll show you a page from the local paper, and there
the nra's number one objective is to defeat barack obama for a second time. the last time i checked the election results, he won and he won handily. >> the idea that he would spend significant sums of money to push back if they did try to stop this from happening. the nra, to governor rendell's points, the membership of the nra is on the side of the vast majority of the american people, but the nra increasingly in the nation has done a lot of work on this. they don't represent the workers. they represent gun manufacturers who have it in their interest to sell more and more weapons, even lethal weapons. i mean, the kind of weapons you expect to be on the ground in mogadishu or afghanistan among military members than you do in the home of a woman who was supposedly a volunteer at a preschool. i mean, we are at a point now where we have to decide whether we're going to side with the gun manufacturers or with the vast majority of americans who are horrified that someone could use a military style assault rifle to cut down two dozen children. i mean, we've reached a point where we can no
mark rubavich. >>> over at the white house president obama has no public events scheduled. meanwhile, over in michigan thousands of union members and supporters are protesting at the state capitol building in lancing. the state, which is the heart of the united autoworkers and ground zero for union rights is poised to sign a major anti-labor bill into law today. the president weighed in on that, speaking yesterday in redford. >> these right to work clause, they don't have anything with economics. they have everything to do with politics. what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. america is not going to compete based on low skill, low wage, no workers rights. that's not our competitive advantage. there's always going to be some other country that can treat its workers even worse. >> the house speaker, john boehner, is speaking now on the house floor regarding the fiscal cliff. let's take a listen. >> beyond 1:50 p.m. today. >> the speaker of the house for five minutes. >> the speaker, last week republicans made a serious offer to avert the fisca
hospital in danbury, connecticut. we are just getting word from a white house official, president obama was notified about the shooting at 10:30 a.m. and he continues to receive updates. we're going to take a listen to jay carney at the press conference now. >> information becomes available about this incident, and as the day proceeds, if we get more information and as we get more information, we'll certainly provide it to you. i do not have anything to confirm for you at this point. the fbi is supporting state law enforcement, which has the lead as well as local law enforcement as they respond to and begin to investigate this incident. as i said, the president will receive regular updates as the day progresses. take your questions. >> one follow on that. can you relay to us the president's reaction or thoughts? obviously, the shootings are all of them are tragic. we're hearing some heinous numbers, and the fact that children were involved in this. >> i would rather not relay reactions at this point because i don't have any confirmation to give to you about what exactly has happened the
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